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Kalonzo: Why I bought youths Sh 65 lunch

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has been defended against claims of stinginess that were sparked off by a photo on social media showing him eating chips with a group of youth.

In a Facebook post, a young lady by the name Angela Mutheu on Friday wrote:

“Kalonzo Musyoka is very stingy. Yesterday he called us in his office to discuss youth leadership and instead ordered for us chips worth Sh 70 and even bargained up to Sh 65. Aki hii ni matharau.”

The photo sparked an online debate with opinion divided as to whether the opposition leader was mean or was just too broke to buy the students a decent meal.

But on Friday evening, the Cord co-principal’s aide, Denis Kavisu, defended Kalonzo through an update on social media stating that the opposition leader was just identifying with what the youth like.


“He (Kalonzo) is a simple Kenyan from a humble background, a man who knows how poverty feels, a man who knows what it feels to sleep hungry,” wrote Kavisu.

Mr Kavisu added that the young people pictured with the Cord leader had paid him a courtesy call at his office and he offered to share his meal with them.

The Facebook user who posted the photo and captioned Kalonzo as mean however had termed the meeting as one that had been initiated by the leader.

Another user posted a photo of the young men pictured while eating chips with Kalonzo and stated that the accuser was not even present at the meeting.

Kalonzo has in the past been a victim of online ridicule over his alleged stinginess as was the case during Fidel Odinga’s burial when he was accused of making a contribution of Sh 25, 000 only.

The Cord leader was forced to take to Twitter to clarify that his contribution had been Sh 200, 000 and not Sh 25,000.